49ers camp report (817): Two-way rookies


49ers camp report (817): Two-way rookies

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Practice No. 14
Summary: The 49ers added a veteran quarterback to the mix, as Josh McCown worked out in the morning, signed a one-year contract and appeared on the practice field wearing No. 9. McCown took a dozen practice snaps with the second-team offensive line. Safety Dashon Goldson greeted McCown with an interception on a pass intended for tight end Nate Lawrie.

The 49ers had problems with five center-quarterback exchanges during the day. Two of the fumbled exchanges involved McCown and center Tony Wragge. Presumptive starter Alex Smith was at quarterback for the other three poor exchanges. He and Jonathan Goodwin had two fumbles on snaps, while Adam Snyder delivered a low shotgun snap to him on another occasion.

The 49ers worked on the down-field passing game, as each of the quarterbacks had success with deep post routes. Undrafted rookie McLeod Bethel-Thompson beat the 49ers' first-team coverage of Tarell Brown with a well-thrown deep ball to receiver Tyler Beiler.

NEWS: 49ers sign third-string QB McCown from UFL
Multiple positions: Draft picks Colin Jones and Bruce Miller saw their first on the other side of the ball during practice Wednesday. Jones was drafted as a safety and special-teams ace. But at practice, he lined up at wide receiver after seeing very few reps over the first three weeks at safety. "I'm just helping them out," Jones said. Jones was the intended receiver on several pass plays, had a couple passes in his hands but failed to make the catches. Miller, a defensive end and Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year at Central Florida, saw some work with the scout team defense at outside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said versatility is an important quality when it comes to deciding which players will remain on the final 53-man roster. "The next step is to see if he has the ability to help us out," Fangio said. "It's much too early to say."Offensive Play of the day: The first-team offense got the 11-on-11 portion of practice going on a good note when Smith hit Ted Ginn for a 50-yard pass against the coverage of scout-team cornerback Phillip Davis.Defensive Play of the day: Cornerback Phillip Adams continues to show nice progress from the broken ankle he sustained at the end of last season. He intercepted Colin Kaepernick on a pass intended for Kyle Williams.Injury report: CB Carlos Rogers, CB Shawntae Spencer (left hamstring), FS Reggie Smith (right knee) and WR Chris Hogan (left ankle) did not practice. . . . WR Michael Crabtree (left foot) and WR Dominique Zeigler (left knee) are on physically-unable-to-perform list. . . . TE Nate Byham (torn left ACL) is out for the season. WR Dontavia Bogan (torn right ACL) and CB Curtis Holcomb (ruptured left Achilles tendon) have been placed on injured reserve.

Arm strength: Kaepernick produced one of the best throws of camp when he unleashed a 30-yard pass to tight end Vernon Davis that was on a straight line. The pass hit Davis in stride against the coverage of cornerback Corey Nelms.Personnel report: McCown is the newest addition to the team, and will compete for the job as the No. 3 quarterback. He was in the NFL for eight seasons, including the first four with the Arizona Cardinals. He started 22 games with the Cardinals, including 13 in 2004. He also played for Detroit, the Raiders and Carolina. McCown completed 57.7 percent of his 1,058 NFL passing attempts with 35 touchdowns and 40 interceptions. His career passer rating is 71.3. In 2009, his last season in the NFL, he completed just one of six attempts with the Panthers. Most recently, he played for Hartford of the UFL.Eye on reps: Snyder has played center and right guard during camp. On Wednesday, he saw action at left guard, too. When starter Mike Iupati missed some practice time while his right ankle was getting re-wrapped, Snyder stepped in with the first team at left guard. . . . Rookie Mike Person, who has worked primarily at right tackle, took some snaps at left guard.Corner the market: The 49ers' two most-experienced cornerbacks, Carlos Rogers and Shawntae Spencer, are out with injuries. So who takes over if those two players remain out for a while? "That remains to be seen," Fangio said. Tramaine Brock, who started last week in place of Spencer, has put together a good camp. Tarell Brown and rookie Chris Culliver are also seeing a lot of action in practice, too. Next practice: The 49ers are scheduled for another three-hour practice on Thursday, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The practice is scheduled to be the final workout of the summer that is open to the public.

Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

Inactives: Ward, Robinson suiting up for 49ers

SANTA CLARA – Cornerbacks Jimmie Ward and Rashard Robinson will be in uniform and available for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium.

Ward started the 49ers’ first three games of the season before sustaining a right quadriceps strain that sidelined him for the past three games. Robinson started every game in place of Ward, but he sustained a concussion in the 49ers’ loss last week at the Buffalo Bills.

Robinson cleared the concussion protocol this week to be cleared to return to action. It is unclear whether Robinson or Ward will start at right cornerback. Ward practiced this week at cornerback and nickel back.

The 49ers on Saturday promoted running back DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to the active roster. He will suit up for Sunday’s game and be the second running back into the action, a source told CSNBayArea.com. Mike Davis will start in place of Carlos Hyde, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Harris was productive late last season after signing with the 49ers. He rushed for 140 yards on 27 carries (5.2-yard average).

Defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey is inactive due to a knee condition for the second time in the past three weeks.

49ers inactives
QB Christian Ponder
WR Keshawn Martin
CB Marcus Cromartie
RB Carlos Hyde
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DL Glenn Dorsey

Buccaneers inactives
QB Ryan Griffith
RB Doug Martin
CB Johnathan Banks
T Leonard Wester
OL Caleb Benenoch
DE Robert Ayers
DT Clinton McDonald

Keenum throws four interceptions, Rams lose to Giants in London


Keenum throws four interceptions, Rams lose to Giants in London


LONDON -- The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at London's home of English rugby.

Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie picked off. His intended target, Brian Quick, had broken off his route.

Keenum has thrown an interception on the Rams' final offensive play of the last three games.

The win kept the Giants (4-3) in good shape in the ultra-competitive NFC East, where no one has a losing record. The Rams (3-4) lost their third in a row.

The Giants entered Sunday with the worst turnover differential in the NFC at minus-10. That became -11 on their second play from scrimmage as tight end Larry Donnell coughed up the ball on the Giants 35, leading to the Rams' lone touchdown, a 10-yard grab by Tavon Austin.

But the Rams were unable to build on that early edge and instead hit the self-destruct button. Keenum threw two interceptions, both off high-sailing deflections, to safety Landon Collins, and two more in the end zone to cornerback Rodgers-Cromartie.

Collins returned his first pick 44 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, running from right to left across the field and making several Rams miss tackles before he bowled over center Tim Barnes to draw the Giants even.

Collins' second pick set up the winning drive, which featured a 22-yard catch by Odell Beckman Jr. to the Rams 6. Rashad Jennings from the 1.

The Rams' final two possessions ended in the end-zone interceptions by Rodgers-Cromartie, the pro-Giants crowd of more than 74,000 roaring their approval.


The Giants took the field looking jet-lagged, Rams the savvy travelers. That perhaps reflected the fact Los Angeles chose to fly overnight from Detroit the previous Sunday for a full week in England, while the Giants did most of their preparations at home before arriving Friday in London.

The Giants gained a single first down in the first quarter on an 11-yard completion to Sterling Shepard. The Rams, by contrast, controlled 11:36 of the first-quarter clock, gained seven first downs with a balanced attack, and scored on their first two drives to lead 10-0 with less than 10 minutes gone.


New York struggled for a seventh straight week to move the ball on the ground, frequently attempting ineffective draw plays from shotgun formation straight into Aaron Donald's turf. The Rams' run defense was stout up the middle despite the absence of Michael Brockers (thigh injury).

The Giants finished with 36 yards rushing.


Austin rightly celebrated scoring the opening TD, but much of his game was a head-scratcher. He fumbled twice, one out of bounds after a catch, one on an ill-advised punt return that he recovered - and his butterfingered catch attempt gift-wrapped Collins' interception. He also fair-caught another punt inside the Rams 5.

Austin redeemed himself with a nice 19-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter. He made two good catch-and-runs in the fourth quarter, once juking Rodgers-Cromartie for a first down. But Austin could do nothing to contest the first interception ball thrown to Rodgers-Cromartie minutes later.


New Giants kicker Robbie Gould made a 29-yard field goal in his only attempt and converted two extra points. He replaced Josh Brown, who was placed on the NFL's commissioner exemption list after more information surfaced concerning his abusive behavior toward his ex-wife.


Giants kick returner Dwayne Harris suffered what looked like a serious injury when returning the final punt of the first half. He lay still on the ground for several minutes, was immobilized and carted off the field as teammates prayed. But he returned to field the first punt of the fourth quarter. Neither team reported any other serious injuries.